Dandelion

Dandelion plant with a flower, an ingredient in tonics.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) has been used since ancient times for its curative and culinary properties and is now considered a common weed around human settlements. Dandelion flowers, roots and leaves contain many bioactive metabolites such as terpenes, phenolic compounds and polysaccharides that impart antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, cytotoxic, diuretic and hepatoprotective properties. Infusions of dandelion leaves and decoctions of dandelion roots are traditionally used as an aperitive, mild laxative, tonic, stimulant, and potassium-rich diuretic. Dandelion leaf extract may also prevent viral infection by blocking spike proteins from binding to the ACE2 cell surface receptors in human lung and kidney cells.

References

Grauso, L., Emrick, S., de Falco, B. et al. Common dandelion: a review of its botanical, phytochemical and pharmacological profiles. Phytochem Rev 18, 1115–1132 (2019).

Tran HTT, Gigl M, Le NPK, Dawid C, Lamy E. In Vitro Effect of Taraxacum officinale Leaf Aqueous Extract on the Interaction between ACE2 Cell Surface Receptor and SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein D614 and Four Mutants. Pharmaceuticals. 2021; 14(10):1055.

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